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Watson Labour Government : 10-September-2011
Watson Labour Government : 10-September-2011
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Australia`s third prime minister, Chris Watson, led the world`s first national Labour government.

The Watson minority government was elected in 1904 amid much scepticism about its ability to run the country. Although it lasted only four months, the Watson government earned the respect of many of its conservative critics and showed that Labuor could govern effectively which is the real legacy of its time in power.

The Watson Government was sworn in at Melbourne`s Old Treasury Building

Location

Address:20 Spring Street, Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.813232
Long: 144.974328
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Federal
Actual Event STart Date:27-April-1904
Actual Event End Date:27-April-1904

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 27th April, 2004
Front Inscription

This plaque commemorates the swearing-in of the Government of J C (Chris) Watson the first national Labor Government in the world at 11.00 am on 27 April 1904.

Unveiled by the Hon R J L Hawke AC 27 April 2004

Source: MA
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